noun, plural pole·ax·es [pohl-ak-siz] /ˈpoʊlˌæk sɪz/, verb (used with object), pole·axed, pole·ax·ing.
Examples from the Web for poleaxe
The quartos have 'pollax,' the two earliest folios read 'Pollax,' the third 'Polax,' the fourth 'Poleaxe.'Ephemera Critica|John Churton Collins
Wretched brutes there at the cattlemarket waiting for the poleaxe to split their skulls open.Ulysses|James Joyce
On swept the terrible blows of the poleaxe, and Guy had no man to meet but was nearly a head shorter than himself.With the Black Prince|William Osborn Stoddard
A man is knocked down by the unforeseen blow, like an ox by the poleaxe.The Man Who Laughs|Victor Hugo
The man himself fell like an ox before the poleaxe, but the rifle flew into two pieces.Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons|Henry Charles Mahoney